The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 132


1 March 2008

Collaborative Mapping of London Using Google Maps: The LondonProfiler

This paper begins by reviewing the ways in which the innovation of Google Maps has transformed our ability to reference and view geographically referenced data. We describe the ways in which the GMap Creator tool developed under the ESRC National Centre for E Social Science programme enables users to 'mashup' thematic choropleth maps using the Google API.

We illustrate the application of GMap Creator using the example of www.londonprofiler.org, which makes it possible to view a range of health, education and other socioeconomic datasets against a backcloth of Google Maps data. Our conclusions address the ways in which Google Map mashups developed using GMap Creator facilitate online exploratory cartographic visualisation in a range of areas of policy concern.

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 734KB.

Authors: Pablo Mateos, Paul Longley, Richard Milton, Maurizio Gibin, Alex Singleton

Publication Date: 1/3/2008

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